High-speed rail supporters are praising Indiana's efforts to land federal stimulus money that's set aside for construction of high-speed passenger rail lines.
Members of a bipartisan rail coalition say they're delighted that Indiana recently submitted three pre-applications for the stimulus funding. That's the first step in tapping part of $8 billion in stimulus money set aside to design and build regional high-speed rail networks.
A proposed Midwestern rail line would include stops in Indiana cities.
Roger Sims of the Indiana High Speed Rail Association says Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration has taken a "significant step" to bringing intercity high speed rail service to Indiana.
Tim Maloney of the Hoosier Environmental Council says high-speed rail would bring Indiana new jobs, economic development and reduced highway congestion.